March. 6, 2014
Ugly bugs help Oklahoma schools win stereomicroscopes
The blister beetle of Emerson Elementary in Coalgate was one of the winners of the ugly bug contest.
A praying mantis, robber fly and velvet ant were among the hideous insects that helped 13 Oklahoma elementary schools win new stereomicroscopes as part of the 17th annual Ugly Bug Contest.
More than 80 schools throughout the state competed in the Oklahoma Microscopy Society contest, which is supported by OSU-CHS, OSU-Stillwater, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa and funded through a grant from Phillips 66. The winning schools include East Elementary in Anadarko, Canute Elementary, Emerson Elementary in Coalgate, Inola Elementary, Holy Trinity in Edmond, Schwartz Elementary in Oklahoma City, East Elementary in Weatherford, Will Rogers Elementary in Oklahoma City, Perkins-Tryon Elementary in Perkins, Roff School, Yale Elementary, Marlow Middle School and Grandview School in Comanche.
Each year, students collect bugs and pick the class favorite to submit for the contest. A report and the insect are sent to participating universities to be processed and photographed for the contest.
In addition to receiving the stereomicroscopes, the ugliest bug photographs are featured on an annual poster distributed to the winners.